Mohd Saiful Nizam Miswan (right) accidentally kneed his Pahang team-mate Azidan Sarudin during the Super League match at JDT last week. Azidin has been cleared of any serious injury.
PETALING JAYA: There’s no bad blood between Pahang team-mates Mohd Saiful Nizam Miswan and Azidan Sarudin after their ugly clash in the 2-2 draw with Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) in a Super League match at the Larkin Stadium last week.
Defender Saiful had accidentally kneed Azidan in the head when challenging for the ball, forcing the midfielder to be rushed to the hospital with a nasty concussion.
Saiful, who is fondly called Poyeng by his team-mates and the Pahang supporters, admitted that he was worried after seeing Azidan coming out worst from the ugly clash and not being able to continue playing.
The 33-year-old said on Tuesday that he had apologised to Azidan and was glad that the former Kuala Lumpur player is recovering well from the injury.
“It was an accident. I was rushing to clear the high ball and didn’t notice Azidan going for the ball too,” said the 33-year-old centreback.
“These things happen in football but Azidan’s reaction after the clash really freaked me out. He couldn’t remember his name and had to be rushed to the hospital for a full check-up.
“I was worried that Azidan’s substitution would affect our game plan and the season ... thankfully his injury was not serious and the doctors have cleared him of any major injuries.”
Saiful hopes that Azidan will be ready for the east coast derby against neighbours Terengganu in their Super League match at the Darul Makmur Stadium on Saturday.
Pahang are currently second in the 12-team Super League standings with 29 points. Selangor lead the table with 34 points from 16 matches.
“I think the title race is still very much open ... with six more matches left. We need all the players to be fit for duty for the title charge ... including Azidan,” said Saiful.